[Alienware 17R4 / 15R3] - Disassembly + Repaste Guide + Results

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Will you be repasting your 17R4/15R2?

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  2. No.

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  3. Maybe.

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  1. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Virtuoso

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    @Mobius 1 I repasted and repad my 15 r2 yesterday at first I applied too much paste and screwed in the heatsink and pressed the HSF a little hard, after a minute or two, I opened it up and it was a mess. Then I applied a ultra thin layer and everything is perfect. Is it advisable to do the same with LM along w/ Tape or Kapton tape?
     
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    Yes, but I believe our winters here get to about 0C or 0F.
     
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    Mobius 1 what is quality control?

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    Oh no :|





    @Vasudev

    I usually use Kapton tape on the CPU because it's thinner, the GPU can do with electrical tape or just the kapton tape.

    You might want to take caution with the GPU side, some Kapton tape don't stick well to the transistors around the silicon.
     
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    Then stick with Traditional Paste like Kyronaut or Phobya nanogrease extreme.
     
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    It might sound off-topic, but the screws holding CPU fan those smaller screws, don't screw it correctly yesterday. So, I used masking tape to tape the CPU fan section, so far it stays put. Anything issues in the long run??
     
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    Mobius 1 what is quality control?

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    You mean the small metal plate connecting the fan's top cover to the heatsink? That's fine.

    I once put thermal paste on the metal plate once for fun, it didn't improve temps :(
     
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    Its okay right? I also put 1.5mm on PCH and so far its good. Alienware palm rest assembly is quite good at dissipating heat, the case is hottter but temps are cooler on CPU and GPU, I'm seeing a drop of 10-15C after repad even on high ambient of 33C.
     
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    Mobius 1 what is quality control?

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    Uhh

    You lost the screws?

    Sometimes that might cause vibration.
     
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    I can't screw them in and it pops out when reversing the heatsink.
     
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    Mobius 1 what is quality control?

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    So you stripped the holes? :|
     
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